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  • The Great Minnow Hunt

    "The FBI's 20-month investigation of corruption at the San Francisco Housing Authority seems to have netted one minnow as sharks swam free. Last summer, in what seems to herald the end of a federal investigation of the Housing Authority, a federal jury found a mid-level housing manager guilty of taking bribes to provide subsidized housing certificates to people who were ineligible to receive them. But transcripts of FBI interviews with the prosecution s chief witness, sworn depositions in a whistleblower lawsuit, exhibits in the housing manager's trial, and a HUD inspector general's reporter all suggest that high-ranking city officials and a longtime s associates of Mayor Willie Brown had knowledge of, or were involved in, the bribery conspiracy."
  • The Investigation of First USA

    WFAA-TV reports about "gross corporate dishonesty, a federal investigation, the abrupt resignation of 3 CEOs from two of the largest financial institutions in America, and perhaps billions of dollars wrongly taken from millions of credit-card consumers... At one time, First USA bragged it was the largest credit-card company in the United States with nearly 70 million customers.... Last year, industry analysts estimated one-third of First USA's annual revenue came from the penalties and interest rate hikes it assessed against customers - an amount totalling nearly $20 billion...."
  • Hill's Privately Funded Trips: Well-Traveled Ethics Loophole

    Congressional Quarterly investigates a loophole in the "gift ban" rules for members of Congress. The gift ban limits gifts from individuals and private businesses, but this loophole allows members of Congress to be sponsored by corporations and special interests on trips for "educational" purposes.
  • Track Record

    "Track Record" is an ongoing investigation into the use of undetectable painkillers to help injured horses perform at peak levels during competition. The series resulted in forcing changes in animal drug testing procedures, the banishment of an Oklahoma veterinarian from every racetrack in the country, and a federal investigation into fraud.
  • The Citi That Slept?

    In the early 1990s, Citibank helped Raul Salinas, brother of the former president of Mexico, move more than $90 million out of Mexico to Swiss bank accounts. Business Week investigated and found that Citibank has performed similar services for wealthy clients around the world. The bank appears to avoid the spirit of the money-laundering laws in an effort to boost profits.
  • Duval County School Security Investigation

    The stories exposed illegal purchases and questionable hiring by the Duval County school security office, headed by Assistant Superintendent Joe Seager. The stories helped spur a federal investigation that led to the indictment of Seager and prominent local businessman Norman Abraham on charges of extortion, mail fraud and money laundering. Major findings: Seager tried to steer contracts, made large purchases without board approval, took kickbacks, bought faulty security equipment, got his job through political favoritism and hired a security official who'd been caught running naked through a school gym.
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    Dr. Mabel Chen, the director of Arizona'a health-care program for the poor--hailed recently as a national model, resigned amid a federal investigation into accusations of widespread mismanagement and fraud. This Arizona Republic story looks into her claim that her departure had nothing to do with the investigation. (Feb. 2, 1996)
  • Judge's files checked for favoritism

    When a well-respected probate judge committed suicide after learning he was under federal investigation, the Tennessean began a painstaking examination of the judge's case records. The Tennessean used documents to piece together a pattern of large payments Judge Jim Everett had funneled to a small circle of friends and attorneys.
  • Abortion: Who's Behind the Violence

    U.S. News & World Report examines the links among several prominent anti-abortion activists and groups and a group of people who practice violence against abortion providers. The report documents meetings between clinic bombers and abortion activists, some of which occurred within days or weeks of attacks on abortion clinics.
  • Fee For Service: Caremark Faces Heat for Paying Doctors Who Sent It Patients

    The Wall Street Journal reports that "When Bruce A. Marguilis left the home-health-care business last year, the physician was a millionaire many times over. But not from practicing medicine. The internist was a kind of super-salesman for Caremark International Inc., the U.S. leader in home intravenous therapy.... But now Dr. Margulis is a prime focus of a broad federal investigation into alleged kickbacks by Caremark and other health-care companies to doctors for patient referrals..."